In the exciting continuation of The Human Chronicles Saga, The Tactics of Revenge we find ex-Navy SEAL Adam Cain and his band of intergalactic Raiders fighting a behind-the-lines insurgency against the Juirean Expansion. In the meantime, the Human Fleet is now ready to take on the forces of the Expansion in massive head-to-head battles among the stars. But not all is as it seems, as the puppet-masters — the Klin — soon learn that the Humans — and Adam Cain in particular — are aware of their behind-the-scenes manipulations of the Human-Juirean War.
This is a book that I really enjoyed. I have enjoyed all of the books in the Human Chronicles series. The first two where okay and the last one was quite good but this one is definitely the best so far. Sure, these books sometimes have a bit of video-game (1st person shooter) style over them but not to the extent that they become stupid. The story is not at all bad and the action is plentiful.
The first two books are more of a one person show with Adam alone in an alien galaxy but as the story have continued it has developed into a galactic war where Adam as well as humanity is playing a key role.
One thing I like with these books are that the humans are not portrayed as constant underdogs to the “more advanced” species. Sure they got somewhat clobbered by the treacherous Klin in the third book but they quickly learned their lesson and in this book they start to really kick some serious butt. The fact that the humans are physically stronger, faster and more adept in military matters than pretty much any other race does help with the butt kicking of course.
The only criticism I can think of is that the space battles where a little bit short and simplistically portrayed. Well, that and it would be nice if Adam stopped getting caught and imprisoned all the time. I was getting a bit of a “da capo” feeling at the end of the book.
In any case, I am certainly looking forward to the next book. Especially now that some new players have been introduced at the end of this one.